Hundreds come to remember 3 sisters killed in wreck

Hundreds paid their respects to three sisters from St. Petersburg killed in a bad car accident last week in Desoto County.


Sisters India, Tehira, and LaMour Welch were heading home from their church's state conference in Fort Pierce Sunday night along with their friend, Antwayne Robinson.

Around 7:00 p.m., a pick-up truck heading in the opposite direction on State Road 70 in Desoto County skidded on the slick roadway and spun out, striking the Welch sisters' car. Everyone in their car was killed.


The funeral for the three women was at the First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg Saturday.


All three girls were involved in the St. Petersburg community. India was a singer, writer, and hospice volunteer. Tehira was instrumental in the church's dance ministry, and was also a skilled seamstress. LaMour was a nurse and enjoyed singing and working with the church's youth ministry.


Some who didn’t even know the family, felt compelled to come to the funeral to show their support.


“We should all come out and get together when something tragic like this happens,” said Rena Oatman.  “I just wanted to show my love for the family.”



The driver of the truck, Jennifer Zuniga of South-Central Florida died too. Her passenger, 6-year-old Court Thivierge is the lone survivor of the accident. He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.